Metro Detroit: Newsmakers May 2, 2007




Detroit News:

A lurid murder case, Bob Seger's triumphant comeback and a faltering Michigan economy all factored into the Winter Arbitron ratings for January-March, which were released Tuesday. News-talk WJR-AM (760) and all-news WWJ-AM (950) both did well, topping the overall ratings for everybody (ages 12 and older), at No. 1 for WJR and No. 2 for WWJ. In the morning, WRIF-FM (101.1)'s Drew & Mike regained their No. 1 spot, while Mojo in the Morning on WKQI-FM (95.5) had a nice bump upward going from No. 5 to No. 3. Fall's leader, Steve Harvey on WMXD-FM (92.3) plummeted from No. 1 to No. 5. WWJ ranked second... Murder, Seger help news stations top radio rankings (Tue, 5/2)

Detroit Free Press:

News-talk WJR-AM (760) moved back to the top of the heap in the Arbitron radio ratings released Tuesday among all listeners for the first quarter of 2007. It's an early present for the landmark Detroit station which marks its 85th birthday on Friday. Last month's leader, soft rock WNIC-FM (100.3), plummeted as expected as its December ratings for holiday music were factored out of the total, which is based on the last three months of listening. News provider WWJ-AM (950), buoyed by major news stories like the Tara Grant murder, the Troy office shootings and the Virginia Tech massacre, zoomed to second place among all listeners. There were plenty of other noteworthy numbers... WJR returns to No. 1 among all listeners (Wed, 5/2)

WDET hosts oral history project "Story Corps Griot" in Detroit May 10 - June 16

StoryCorps Griot, a one-year initiative to gather and preserve in sound the life stories of African American families across the country, will be in Detroit to record stories of endurance, resilience, achievement and hope. Working in partnership with WDET 101.9 FM, StoryCorps Griot will document the history of Detroit area families and friends for generations to come.

A StoryCorps interview is a 40-minute conversation between two people who know each other. A trained facilitator will be present and serve as a partner throughout the interview process to help participants have a comfortable and meaningful experience, and to handle all technical aspects of the recording.

Participants will take home a broadcast-quality audio CD, and with permission, copies will go to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and to the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian. Segments of interviews may also air on WDET 101.9 FM.

Visit to make a reservation, see sample questions, listen to clips and learn more about the Griot Initiative.

Where: Campus Martius Park - 800 Woodward Avenue in Downtown Detroit
When: May 10th through June 16th
Hours: Mon/Thurs/Fri 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Sat./Sun. 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
How: Call 1-800-850-4406 to reserve your appointment

There are a limited number of appointment slots available, so interested participants are encouraged to sign up soon.

Michigan Radio welcomes incoming news director

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, has completed its search for a News Director. Beginning May 7, Vincent Duffy will take the reigns of Michigan Radio’s award-winning news staff.

Duffy comes to Michigan Radio with an impressive resume of public broadcasting experience. Most recently, he has served as the Director of Programming and Operations at WKSU in Akron/Cleveland, Ohio. He has also hosted a weekly news round-up program entitled “NewsNight Akron” on WNEO/WEAO, Akron’s public television station, and served as an adjunct professor at Kent State University.

Prior to his time as Director of Programming and Operations, Duffy spent seven years as the station’s News Director. During that time, he earned six national Edward R. Murrow awards, as well as many other prestigious commendations. Among them are two National Headliner Awards, a Gabriel Award, a national Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and Best Reporter in the State of Ohio by the Ohio SPJ. In 2004, Vincent was named Best Producer by Ohio Education Telecommunications.

As Michigan Radio’s News Director, Duffy will supervise and guide the station’s news team. In this role, he will be responsible for continuing Michigan Radio’s commitment to helping listeners understand how their lives and their communities are affected by issues and events in the news.

“I’m very enthusiastic about joining the news team at Michigan Radio,” said Duffy. “The reporters there are some of the best in the business and I hope that together we can continue Michigan Radio’s long tradition of public service excellence.”







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